27 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-23-21

  1. Coming soon to a Democrat run city near you, because these are the wrong kind of protesters……

    “Hundreds arrested, massive fines during Australian lockdown protests”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/08/22/hundreds-arrested-massive-fines-during-australian-lockdown-protests-n410633

    “In Australia, the city of Sydney has been on lockdown since the middle of June. Melbourne was locked down at the beginning of this month. A couple of weeks ago we looked into some protests that were starting to spring up (again) in response to the country’s harsh limitations while there were relatively few new COVID cases. Most of those were comprised of a few dozen people at scattered locations, with most being dispersed when the police showed up and started rousting the crowds. But two weeks later, there is no end to the heavily restrictive lockdowns in sight, and the protests have swelled into the thousands, being organized in several cities. The police response has ramped up in response. The latest round of unrest resulted in hundreds of arrests and even larger numbers of significant fines being imposed on people. (Associated Press)

    More than 250 people who were protesting coronavirus lockdowns in Australia were arrested Saturday and many faced fines for defying health orders, authorities said.

    At least seven police officers were treated for injuries after skirmishes broke out at some of the protests, which took place in multiple cities nationwide. The largest and most violent protest was in Melbourne. Many were organized by people in encrypted online chat groups.

    Sydney has been in lockdown for two months, while Melbourne and the capital, Canberra, went into lockdown earlier this month. Under the rules of the lockdown, people are mostly confined to their homes and have limits placed on their social interactions.

    While the injuries to police officers are disturbing, it’s a clear sign that people are no longer simply backing down and going home when the cops show up. Some of them are fighting back. More than 250 people preferred to go to jail rather than simply acquiescing. Of course, this isn’t the first time that the lockdown protests have boiled over. The number of protesters in Sydney back in the middle of July swelled into the thousands (including a guy who punched a police horse) before tapering back off for a while.

    The fines being handed out are nothing to sneeze at either. In Victoria State, more than 200 people were issued fines of more than 5,400 Australian dollars ($3,850 American). The jails that the protesters are being sent to are also reportedly not providing much in the way of space for social distancing in some cases.

    Once again, it’s worth asking how proportionate this response by the government is. The state of New South Wales, where Sydney is located, reported 825 new infections. While that clearly shows that the virus is still out there, we’re talking about that many people in a state with a population of more than 8 million. Other states and cities are reporting similar numbers. Those sorts of stats probably merit doing some increased testing and contact tracing, but the Aussies are imposing lockdown measures that are nearly as draconian as the ones in New Zealand.”

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  2. So are we locking down again?

    Some seem to want that New Zealand “solution”.

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    But opinions vary….

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  3. Joe Biden built this with his illegal and impeachable acts. The Supreme Court already ruled, and he’s blatantly flaunting his ignoring the law.

    Yahoo of course ignores that.

    “No one is listening to us. There’s nowhere for us to go to even present our case
    Suzanne Antolini, landlord”

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/landlords-tenants-adrift-as-half-measure-eviction-moratorium-pleases-none-160130322.html

    “For months, tenants and housing advocates have been sounding the alarm on the slow rollout of rent relief.

    “We get dozens of emails and calls from tenants who have applied for money, who are desperate to receive that money, who are scared they’re gonna lose their homes if they don’t get it in time, but who haven’t received that money yet,” Diane Yentel, CEO National Low Income Housing Coalition told Yahoo! Finance Live on Friday.

    To that end, computer systems in several states have malfunctioned, preventing renters from applying. Some programs have been understaffed and overwhelmed by the volume of applications. And insufficient outreach and strict documentation requirements have also been barriers, advocates say.

    “There needs to be much more public education at federal state and local levels about the availability of these funds,” Yentel said, calling the moratorium a “half measure” that was failing to address the most urgent needs of tenants.

    While the new CDC moratorium does little to remedy the issues of the old one, it begs the question about what’s being done to help people in the long term. The infrastructure bill moving through Congress may include over $300 billion for housing investment, which can target low income renters.

    Still, all over the country, landlords and tenants alike continue to struggle with the complicated application rules, and how to tap available funding.

    The Biden administration has pressured states to work more quickly to get the money out. But the slow rollout continues to whipsaw landlords who are not getting paid, and millions of renters who face the prospect of being dislodged from their homes.

    Landlords like Antolini are saddled with thousands of dollars in lost rent ​​— money that her family could possibly never get back.

    “We’re not in the business of putting people out on the street,” she explained. She said a tenant who received paychecks throughout the pandemic didn’t bother to pay rent, or even file for rental assistance.

    “We have completely hit a wall and he has no intention of leaving,” Antolini told Yahoo Finance. “We’ve tried on numerous occasions to speak with him to come up with some sort of solution. And we’re just basically met with ‘you’re harassing me.’”

    While renters have been shielded from eviction under the federal ban, the financial challenge facing many tenants is squeezing working class landlords who rely on rent to pay their own bills.

    A recent Urban Institute survey showed that 28% of landlords have deferred maintenance on their properties, and 62% said it was because of financial reasons.

    Meanwhile, some landlords have hired outside help like an attorney to start the eviction process — but that’s also been at a standstill. According to the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, more than 65,000 eviction cases have been filed in New York City Housing court since the start of the pandemic.

    While the courts have allowed cases to be filed during the lockdown, most of them are on pause without scheduled hearings until after the moratorium ends. One landlord told Yahoo Finance that NYC courts are handing out dates for April and May of 2022.”

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  4. Weird, right?

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    I might buy the “well they’re eating” line, except most aren’t and haven’t gotten food yet.

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  5. Can we please stop pretending Biden is fit to lead?

    “Nobody should, any longer, pretend that Joe Biden is fit to lead this nation.”

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/08/joe-biden-is-who-we-said-he-was/

    “With Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign came a second set of newer critiques. He was visibly not the same man in his late seventies, no longer able to talk his way around trouble. That was widely noticed by progressives in the primaries until it became inconvenient to mention. The quick-tongued gaffes turned to confusion and sentences that were abandoned midstream after Biden lost his way. Without the old gift of blarney, Biden’s fuse when confronted was shorter — he called one voter a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier,” and berated another with “look, fat” and challenged the guy to a push-up contest. The man who once would talk to anyone about anything for any amount of time retreated to taking questions only from pre-scripted lists of friendly reporters. Biden was always a man without courage, but now he was discarding long-held positions overnight, allowing himself to be bullied by his own party’s extremists. Generational changes in Congress had also robbed him of his feel for how the Hill works.

    The pandemic was a godsend, allowing him to hide in his basement for months and avoid unscripted questions. He won the election by making himself as small and low-profile as he needed to be. Opinion polls for much of this year have shown him enjoying a honeymoon period with voters tired of Trump who are happy to have an absentee president for a while.

    Leading from Behind

    Biden’s handling of Afghanistan has exposed all of that. Presidents can remain aloof from Capitol Hill. They can send out underlings to handle public-health guidance, lawsuits, or new regulations. But foreign crises demand active, personal leadership. That has gone badly. Everyone who said for decades that Biden was a lightweight ill-equipped to handle a major crisis has been vindicated.

    The country has fallen rapidly into chaos, ruining the work of two decades of American soldiers in ways that cannot easily be repaired. Bagram Airfield was inexplicably abandoned to the Taliban without even informing the Afghan army commander. More than 10,000 Americans were caught behind the lines, and Biden’s national-security team had no plan to get them out. Biden had even eliminated a State Department program for evacuating Americans in danger overseas. Billions of dollars in weaponry we provided to the Afghan army fell into Taliban hands, to use or to barter to other enemies who can better deploy it. At a Pentagon briefing on Monday, General Hank Taylor admitted that he could not answer whether the United States was “taking any other sort of steps to prevent aircraft or other military equipment from falling into the hands of the Taliban.”

    Once again, as in Vietnam, Biden was blindly committed to total withdrawal without regard for the consequences on the ground, and more determined to pander to his party’s left flank than to ensure a competent withdrawal. As in Vietnam, the military, strategic, and humanitarian costs were terrible, and played out on television in a spectacle of national humiliation that reverberated around the globe.

    Once again, as in Iraq in 2010, Biden was blithely confident in public that all was well and would work out fine. He even pledged that the situation was nothing like South Vietnam in 1975. He promised in early July — six weeks ago — that the Afghan army could handle the situation, and that it was highly unlikely that the Taliban could take over. Those assurances proved demonstrably false. Biden has lied at enormous length. Stuck in a defensive crouch, Biden has fallen back on his habit of just making stuff up and then trying to talk over the truth:

    The New York Times confirms what many of us suspected, that President Biden was informed of how the Taliban was likely to quickly reconquer Afghanistan, and he simply chose to lie to the American public. “Classified assessments by American spy agencies over the summer painted an increasingly grim picture of the prospect of a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and warned of the rapid collapse of the Afghan military, even as President Biden and his advisers said publicly that was unlikely to happen as quickly, according to current and former American government officials.”

    In his first public remarks, Biden refused to take questions but nonetheless managed to spin out a web of falsehoods and blame-shifting. He blamed Donald Trump for agreeing to leave Afghanistan in May 2021 (a deadline that Biden himself inexplicably changed to September 11), yet tried to take credit for ending the war. In fact, Biden has reversed course on plenty of Trump foreign-policy initiatives, even ones that were intensively negotiated with allies and adversaries across the globe. It was Biden’s choice to go forward, and Biden’s choice how to do it. Biden blamed the Afghan government for not negotiating with the Taliban. He misleadingly blamed the Afghan army for folding up despite U.S. close air support, not mentioning that we had in fact withdrawn that support when he decided to pull out.

    Biden’s anger when cornered has also come out again. When he sat down with George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday and took just a few pre-scripted questions Friday, he bristled at even a few probing questions. In the Stephanopoulos interview, when asked about the scenes of chaos in Kabul, Biden sneered that this was old news: “That was four days ago, five days ago!” It was two days earlier; Biden had lost track of the days. On Friday, he shut down the questioning after a single adversarial question from NPR, of all sources.

    Biden has, as Jim Geraghty has detailed, kept a very light schedule of public appearances as this has all spun out of control, while taking few calls from foreign heads of state. Yet, even limited to the most delicate schedule, he is unequal to the task.

    Too Ugly to Ignore

    Biden might, in normal circumstances, have relied on the American and European press, Democratic politicians, and his allies abroad to close ranks against any criticism. But instead, they have come to face what he really is.

    Why? Perhaps because the failure is too public and too easily dramatized to ignore. There is a difference between bad, and bad with pictures. For all the American media’s political biases, there is no rule of television more certain than “if it bleeds, it leads.”

    The cable news networks have rediscovered the power of the visual images of American failure, led by CNN’s Clarissa Ward. The public is alarmed, with Biden’s approval rating crashing ten points in a month and likely to get worse before it hits bottom.”

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    But no more mean tweets, right?

    Woohoo!

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  6. Joe Biden’s silent amnesty program.

    “‘Silent amnesty’: Biden administration quietly dismissing thousands of deportation cases

    Migrants get de facto permission to remain in U.S. even though they do not hold a legal status”

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/aug/23/joe-biden-engages-in-silent-amnesty-as-deportation/

    “Congress is starting work on legislation to legalize illegal immigrants, but the Biden administration is already working on what some analysts have termed a “silent amnesty,” which would quietly suspend or dismiss thousands of deportation cases pending in immigration courts.

    Deportation orders, as a percentage of decided cases, have plummeted to 35% from January to June. That is about half the rate of 2019 and 2020 under the Trump administration.

    The number of case terminations has surged even though immigration judges are deciding fewer cases.

    Sources within the Justice Department, which oversees the judges at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, said judges are granting continuances in a large swath of other cases, paving the way for termination.

    “They’re dismissing these cases out of hand, and then ICE is releasing these people from custody,” said one department source who spoke to The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity.

    Terminating or dismissing a case clears it from the active docket, giving migrants de facto permission to remain in the country even though they do not hold legal status.

    Immigration courts don’t get as much attention as the enforcement agencies at the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But immigration judges are critical components of the system. They handle cases such as asylum claims at the border and deportation for those caught inside the country.

    But the courts are struggling to fulfill their role.

    • Unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, are mired in the system for years. The latest statistics show the median UAC case has been pending for 1,025 days — or more than three years. That means half of the cases have been waiting longer. The median time to complete a UAC case is 1,653 days, or about 4.5 years.

    • Immigration judges are averaging just 132 case completions a year. A government employee is supposed to be on the job 200 days or more a year, which works out to less than one case completion a day. “Even with the changes due to COVID, that’s absurd,” said one department source.

    • The Biden administration has filed just one document fraud case with the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer. In 2020, the Trump administration filed 18 cases.

    The case closures are joint efforts by the Justice Department and Homeland Security, which oversees the ICE attorneys who prosecute the cases and, increasingly, are agreeing to the delays and dismissals.

    ICE declined to answer questions about its attorneys’ handling of cases and referred inquiries to the Justice Department, which did not provide answers to The Washington Times’ questions.

    At this point in fiscal 2019, immigration judges had completed nearly 177,000 cases and ordered removals in more than 122,000 of them, or about 69%. Last year, the judges had completed more than 205,000 cases and issued removal orders in more than 152,000 of them, or about 74%.

    So far this fiscal year, judges have completed only about 63,000 cases and ordered removals in slightly more than 25,000, or about 40%. Subtract the first three months of the fiscal year, which fell under the Trump administration, and the rate drops to about 35%.”

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    The invasion continues.

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  7. Portions of Tenn. experienced devastating floods in the last 24 hours.

    Even here we’re dealing with severe flash flooding as it’s been raining steady for 24 hours from the hurricane.

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  9. That is the county next to my daughter’s county. It is horribly sad to see the devastation and loss of life. 😦 So much sad news lately. Fire, flood, the sword. Corresponds to my reading in Ezekiel today. 😦 So much repentance needed for all of us, too. Not saying those involved in the disasters, but for our nation and everyone of us needs to examine our hearts.

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  10. Kizzie’s area is getting hit hard too. 😦

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  11. The debacle continues…..

    “CNN: ‘There Is No Access To The Airport At The Moment…That’s Been The Case Now For Many Hours’”

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  12. Should be, but it won’t be.

    The sheep are too busy masking up.

    “Biden’s Legacy Is Reducing The United States to Groveling

    Biden’s debasement of our country should be a life-altering national call to action.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/08/bidens-legacy-is-reducing-the-united-states-to-groveling/

    “Joe Biden’s catastrophic mishandling of our withdrawal from Afghanistan was not just another destructive move in his destructive presidency.

    Add up the damage of his 7 months in office. Serious damage to our energy independence. Making a mockery of our sovereignty on immigration and the border. Weaponizing federal law enforcement for political purposes. Obscene spending plans. All of this and more is serious and long lasting.

    But the unconditional surrender to the Taliban takes it to a different level. It’s a self-inflicted national humiliation in a way that canceling the Keystone Pipeline never will be.

    The observable damage is clear. Biden handed the Taliban and associated al-Qaeda terrorists thousands of American hostages without them having to take a single American hostage. We just left them behind enemy lines. Because of those hostages, we have no ability to recover or destroy billions of dollars of military equipment. We armed our enemy.

    It’s a national humiliation in which we are forced to beg for the mercy of the least merciful people in the globe. Biden’s legacy is reducing the United States to groveling.

    Biden also deprived us of our 9/11 memory. The lasting memory of 9/11 was not just the attack, it was the national recovery. By setting 9/11 as the date for all American soldiers to be out of Afghanistan, and carrying it out in a way to debase ourselves, Biden ensured that 9/11 would be both a bitter memory and an annual humiliation.

    But it’s not just Biden who is the problem. The senior leadership of the military has lost credibility. And Biden in many ways is a figurehead for a deep-seated Team Obama and progressive visceral dislike of our country, our economic system, and our national pride. They are not troubled in the least by the Kabul capitulation, they engineered it.”

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  13. Head. Desk.

    “Afghan staff at U.S. Embassy losing faith in evacuation efforts, cable says”

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/afghan-staff-u-s-embassy-losing-faith-evacuation-efforts-diplomatic-n1277397?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

    “Local staff members at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul are “deeply disheartened” by U.S. evacuation efforts and have expressed a sense of betrayal and distrust in the U.S. government, according to a State Department diplomatic cable obtained by NBC News.

    The cable, which was sent Saturday, said memos were sent Wednesday inviting Afghan staff members at the embassy to head to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. It told them to take food and to prepare for difficult conditions.

    “However, no one anticipated the brutal experience that occurred,” the cable said.”

    Staffers reported being jostled, hit, spat on and cursed at by Taliban fighters at checkpoints near the airport, it said, adding that criminals were taking advantage of the chaos while the U.S. military tried to maintain order “in an extremely physical situation.”

    Some staff members reported that they were almost separated from their children, while others collapsed in a crush of people and had to be taken to hospitals with injuries, the cable said. Others said they had collapsed on the road because of heat exhaustion, it said.

    “It would be better to die under the Taliban’s bullet” than face the crowds again, a staff member was quoted as saying in the cable.

    “Happy to die here, but with dignity and pride,” another said, while a third accused the U.S. of prioritizing Afghan government elites with contacts in the U.S., who already had the correct paperwork and other ways to flee the country.

    A local embassy staff member reported that his home had been tagged with spray paint — a tactic the Taliban have used in the past to identify homes’ occupants for further questioning, the cable said, adding that the family had been forced to flee their home but was unable to get to the airport.”

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  14. We’ve got several young men headed to Boot camp in Chicago (Great Lakes).

    One of the guys is giving them the low down.

    Apparently, several aren’t vaccinated and will go into quarantine upon arrival and, of course, will be vaccinated. They’re cool with that.

    “But whatever happens, if they offer coffee, take it. Even if you don’t like it.”

    🙂

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  15. So remember when they took their citizens guns away?
    So we know our “government” officials are trying to take our guns away? Are we so blind that we cannot see this coming? It can’t happen? I’m sure many Australian citizens thought the same.
    Remember that as you read what “they” are doing now in their country…

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/shelter-dogs-about-to-be-rescued-in-australia-shot-dead-to-keep-volunteers-from-leaving-homes-to-pick-them-up

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  16. Soooo much better than Trump, right?

    “BBC: Biden’s Botched Withdrawal Makes U.S. Look Like An ‘Incompetent, Uncaring And Unreliable Ally’…”

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  17. A kinder, gentler, more moderate Taliban Biden said…..

    He and his feminist enablers built this.

    “Taliban Going Door To Door Seeking Christians, Searching Through Phones For Bible Apps: Report

    “Only God understands how much pain we have and how broken our hearts are.””

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/taliban-going-door-to-door-seeking-christians-searching-through-phones-for-bible-apps-report

    “Afghan Christians are reportedly fleeing to the mountains in a desperate attempt to escape the Taliban who is going door to door trying to kill them.

    An underground church that partners with Frontier Alliance International (FAI) has reported that the Taliban are targeting Christians for death. According to FAI:

    The Taliban has a hit list of known Christians they are targeting to pursue and kill. The US Embassy is defunct and there is no longer a safe place for believers to take refuge. All borders to neighboring countries are closed and all flights to and from have been halted, with the exception of private planes. People are fleeing into the mountains looking for asylum. They are fully reliant on God, who is the only One who can and will protect them.

    The Taliban are going door-to-door taking women and children. The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older has been found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.

    Husbands and fathers have given their wives and daughters guns and told them that when the Taliban come, they can choose to kill them or kill themselves—it is their choice.

    Taliban are also reportedly rifling through people’s phones to look for any apps that would give them away as Christians.

    “We’re hearing from reliable sources that the Taliban demand people’s phones, and if they find a downloaded Bible on your device, they will kill you immediately,” said Dr. Rex Rogers, who is president of the Christian nonprofit organization SAT-7 North America, according to Religion News Service. “It’s incredibly dangerous right now for Afghans to have anything Christian on their phones. The Taliban have spies and informants everywhere.”

    “Because it’s so dangerous to seek the company of other Christians, many Afghan believers are totally alone, with not even one other Christian with whom to talk,” Rogers said. “Our local director told me: ‘Most dare not attend a house church. They’re alone, fearful, and looking to us. We’re their last resort.””

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    Joe Biden has left them defenseless and alone.

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  18. Doing the job Biden won’t let our men do.

    “Washington Post reporter reveals how she and her team were rescued by brave BRITISH troops after Biden banned US forces from venturing out of Kabul airport”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9917535/Washington-Post-reporter-shares-British-troops-escorted-Afghan-colleagues-safety.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailus

    “The Washington Post ‘s Susannah George told her harrowing tale of trying to escape Afghanistan accompanied by her Afghan colleagues and their children

    George said security around the airport was ‘crumbling’ and that her Afghan co-worker and his young daughter were beaten by Taliban fighters

    British troops had arrived at the security compound where George was staying to escort a larger evacuation and she asked them to help escort her too

    George and her colleagues used private armored cars to travel to the airport on roads being guarded by the UK service personnel

    Her difficult journey contradicts President Biden’s assertion that anyone with an American passports would be allowed through checkpoints

    Biden said the U.S has not extended their perimeter beyond Kabul airport to avoid the risk of having U.S. forces and civilians of being attacked by terrorist”

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  19. But will their death certificates say they died of Covid?

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    Coming soon to a Democrat run area near you….

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  20. ———-

    Genius! 🙄

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